A remarkable, if not unique aspect of this law is that twenty years on, its passage has been marked around the nation by forums and celebrations. From my personal participation in these events, I note that the SDA is widely regarded as a successful piece of law reform, a legal instrument that has maintained its relevance. Not many laws of the Commonwealth parliament during its century of existence have provoked, two decades later, such a level of recognition and support.
The Federal Government took an historic step in June by passing the Sex Discrimination Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status Amendment Billmaking it unlawful to discriminate against someone on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status. The Bill extends protections under the Sex Discrimination Act Cth to the new attributes of 'gender identity', 'sexual orientation', 'intersex status' and 'relationship status', filling gaps in the protection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex LGBTI people. This Bill also ensures that Commonwealth funded aged-care providers are not able to discrimination in the delivery of services to elderly LGBTI people, by removing some of the broad exemptions available to religious organisations.
This compilation includes commenced amendments made by Act No. This is a compilation of the Sex Discrimination Act that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 9 December the compilation date. The notes at the end of this compilation the endnotes include information about amending laws and the amendment history of provisions of the compiled law.
The Sex Discrimination Act was a largely successful attempt to ensure that women had the same access to jobs, services and accommodation as men. It also made sexual harassment illegal for the first time in Australia and set up the Office of the Sex Discrimination Commissioner. The act was passed, despite vocal opposition from a minority of parliamentarians and public interest groups. In the late s and s, women throughout the developed world were increasingly looking at their role in society.
These guidelines provide practical guidance to organisations and individuals to encourage the implementation of special measures. They are intended to offer a means by which workplaces and education and service providers, as well as administrators of Commonwealth law and programs, can assess their own equity initiatives for consistency with the SDA. These guidelines provide information on the relevant factors to consider when contemplating taking special measures under the SDA Chapter 3 and provide examples to illustrate the types of special measures that can be implemented.
Click here for recent amendments to the Sex Discrimination Act. Since its introduction, the Sex Discrimination Act has helped thousands of people, who have suffered sex discrimination, seek redress. The Act has also provided us with a tool to promote and educate people about equality between women and men.
The Sex Discrimination Act is an Act of the Parliament of Australia which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, marital or relationship status, actual or potential pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex status or breastfeeding in a range of areas of public life. These areas include work, accommodation, education, the provision of goods, facilities and services, the activities of clubs and the administration of Commonwealth laws and programs. The full scope of the Act is covered principally by Section 3Bwhich seeks "to eliminate, so far as is possible, discrimination against persons on the ground of sex, marital status, pregnancy or potential pregnancy in the areas of work, accommodation, education, the provision of goods, facilities and services, the disposal of land, the activities of clubs and the administration of Commonwealth laws and programs".
Effectiveness of the Sex Discrimination Act in eliminating discrimination and promoting gender equality 12 December Reference Conduct of the inquiry Acknowledgement Structure of the report Note on references. History of the Act Other international obligations in relation to gender equality Related inquiries and initiatives Key provisions in the Act Related legislation. Limited Scope of the Act Limited protection against discrimination on the grounds of family responsibilities Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, breastfeeding and other grounds Addressing intersecting forms of discrimination.
New protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status came into effect from 1 August What do the changes cover? Gender identity refers to the identity, appearance, mannerisms or other gender-related characteristics of a person.
I can still dimly remember the ructions over the introduction of the sex discrimination bill in but, even so, reading back now, the debate is astonishing. The proposed law was groundbreaking but also pretty modest. It built on existing state laws to prohibit discrimination against women on the basis of gender, marital status or pregnancy.